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The administration’s policy is to promote and enhance community policing, says the President

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated on Saturday that a strong relationship of mutual trust between the police and the community they serve is critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing, and he reiterated that the administration’s policy is to promote and enhance community-based policing. The President made the statement while speaking at the inauguration of the Police Research and Innovation 2023 conference.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Maldives Police Service, and the Police Board organised the three-day conference. Speaking at the inaugural session in Dharubaaruge, President Solih spoke about the enhancements made to policing with the new Maldives Police Service Act enacted in 2021. He stated that the holistic enforcement of the law relies on the relationship and cooperation between the police and the community.

President Solih also spoke about the administration’s efforts to modernise and promote community-based policing and highlighted some of the achievements of the past five years. He noted that frontline police officers were now using body-worn cameras and added that they would begin using tasers this year.

The President stressed that the National College of Policing and Law Enforcement established in Addu City played an essential role in developing the police service and described its establishment as a step forward in building educated and trained law enforcement officers.

Speaking about the conference, President Solih noted that it was the first of its kind organised in the history of policing in the Maldives. He added that the conference targeted the modernisation of policing and spoke about the importance of dialogue and experience backed by academic research to ensure a fruitful outcome. He also extended his appreciation to the organisers of the conference.

The conference would see the presentation of 10 academic papers on various topics related to modernising and enhancing policing. Reforming and modernising the police is a pledge of this administration.

Source(s): President Office

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ACC probes corruption claims involving ex-MPs and ministers

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has opened an investigation into allegations of corruption involving several former parliamentarians and government ministers.

A spokesperson from the ACC told Sun on Thursday said the case involves deposits made from state-owned enterprises to companies they own stakes in.

The ACC said that it recently received complaints regarding the case.

However, the spokesperson declined to disclose any details regarding the investigation.

The investigation comes with Maldives set to elect the next parliamentary assembly on March 17. A number of incumbent and former parliamentarians are contesting the election.

Source(s): sun.mv

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MDP submits an anti-defection bill

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The main opposition MDP says it has submitted an anti-defection bill to prevent floor crossing, but was facing challenges in pushing the legislature through.

In a press briefing on Thursday evening, MDP’s parliamentary group leader, Mohamed Rasheed Hussain (Bigey) told reporters that the bill was submitted to the Parliament by Baarah MP Ahmed Abdulla. But he did not specify when it was submitted.

According to Bigey, the bill was submitted due to great public concern over cases of floor crossing.

“But we have been unable to push this through to the Parliament floor due to various reasons. The Parliament’s secretariat has yet to facilitate this opportunity,” said Bigey, who represents the Alifushi constituency.

MDP’s legal director Hisaan Hussain, who represents the Thulhaadhoo constituency in the Parliament, told reporters that the bill submitted by MDP is different from the anti-defection legislature which was passed, and then later repealed by the PPM administration in 2018.

Hisaan said the previous legislature disqualified lawmakers who are expelled by their parties.

“Even back then, we said it cannot be done that way. Even political parties must not have such great power over a lawmaker and the chance to abuse that power,” she said.

Hisaan said the greatest difference with MDP’s bill is that it requires lawmakers elected on party tickets to resign if they voluntarily leave the party.

Secondly, lawmakers who are expelled from their party will be subjected to a recall vote – which will be held by the Elections Commission (EC).

“After a recall referendum, if the constituents decide they do not want the lawmaker to represent the seat, then the lawmaker will be required to resign from the Parliament,” she said.

She, too, said the MDP face facing challenges in scheduling the bill.

She added that the Parliament’s secretariate still had the same top officials who were there when the previous anti-defection legislature was submitted and passed.

Hisaan did not elaborate on the challenges the MDP if facing in pushing the legislature through, but said that the speaker and deputy speaker – both of whom belong to the MDP – are working on resolving the issue.

The previous anti-defection legislature was formulated in response to a Supreme Court ruling in July 2017, in which the top court established that lawmakers would lose their seat if they left or were expelled the party they were elected from, or if they switched parties. The ruling, which contentiously stripped the seats of a dozen lawmakers who left the then-ruling PPM, called for the formulation of anti-defection legislature.

The bill was submitted by the then-PPM parliamentary group leader Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik in March 2018. But the bill was repealed in November 2018.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Chinese envoy: Immediate ceasefire in Gaza is the universal call

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A Chinese envoy said Thursday that an immediate ceasefire in Gaza is the universal call of the international community and the overwhelming consensus of Council members.

Two days ago, the Council once again missed an opportunity to push for a ceasefire in Gaza because of the veto of an Algerian-drafted resolution by the United States, said Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, stressing that “the realization of an immediate ceasefire in Gaza is an urgent requirement to save innocent lives and to prevent a wider war.”

The envoy said that China has noted that the U.S. has introduced a new draft resolution and hopes that the United States will adopt a responsible attitude, and respect the established consensus of the members of the Security Council.

The core of the Council’s action must be the immediate realization of a ceasefire, and the relevant signals must be clear, unambiguous and unmistakable, rather than evasive and covert, he told the Security Council.

“What the Council needs at this time is strong determination, not just negotiating skills,” Zhang emphasized.

Zhang also pointed out that China is gravely concerned by the recent repeated public dismissal of the two-state solution by some Israeli politicians and their rejection of any international effort toward independent Palestinian statehood.

Noting that “Gaza is an inalienable part of Palestine, and the two-state solution is the bottom line of international justice and the only viable path toward the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli issue,” he said that China urges Israel to stop without delay eroding the foundation of the two-state solution, “halt the forced displacement of Palestinian civilians, and cease the searches, arrests, and raids in the West Bank.”

The historical wrongs suffered by Palestine must be righted. Palestine’s aspiration for independent statehood must be fulfilled. China supports Palestine in becoming a member of the United Nations as soon as possible, and calls for the convening of a larger, more authoritative, and more effective international peace conference to push for a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution to the question of Palestine, he said.

Source(s): sun.mv

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